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Monday, September 29, 2014

Saginaw Brass Quintet Will Premiere Composition by Bernard Sanders

The Saginaw Brass Quintet will collaborate with organist Nicholas Schmelter in the October 19 premiere performance of  “Invocation” by internationally celebrated composer Bernard Wayne Sanders.  The performance will take place at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Avenue. 

Scored for brass quintet, tympani, and organ, “Invocation” is penned in celebration of the congregation’s recently renovated 1928 organ built by Ernest M. Skinner.  The composition is 8’30” in duration. 

Bernard Wayne Sanders (b. 1957) is a native of De Pere, Wisconsin, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at St. Norbert College in 1979.  Graduate study in composition and organ at Wichita State University led to the MA degree in 1983.  Postgraduate study in Germany culminated in a further degree in organ performance form the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg in 1989.  He has also completed examinations for church music in Hamburg and Cologne.  Sanders’ activities as a composer have been recognized in competitions and through representation in American and German publishing houses.  Since 1974, he has been active as a church musician in Tuttlingen, Germany and as a diocesan liaison and official organ consultant (Baden-Wurttemberg).

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